Eating an apple a day is probably one of the best nutritional tips

Apples are super foods. In addition to being tasty, they are a great source of vitamin C.

Researchers in Poland found that people who ate at least one apple a day had a lower risk of developing colon cancer than those who didn’t. They attributed this finding to two possible reasons.

Apples are a rich source of phytochemicals, natural substances that include polyphenols and flavonoids. These plant-based chemicals have the ability to fight cancer cell growth. Apples are also a good source of dietary fiber, another plant substance associated with a lower risk of colon cancer.

Other studies have pointed to how the phytochemicals in apples may help reduce the risk of certain types of cancer. Quercetin, a natural flavonoid in apples, may help reduce the risk of pancreatic cancer. And a Cornell University research team found other phytochemicals with the potential to kill or slow the growth of at least three different types of human cancer cells: colon, breast and liver.

However, apples should be eaten whole, with the skin on (unless you have a health reason not to). That’s where most of the fiber and phytochemicals reside.

Speaking of fiber, apples are a good source of soluble fiber called pectin. Yes, that is the same substance that makes jams and jellies gel.

Soluble fibers like pectin are known for their ability to lower cholesterol and blood sugar as they pass through our intestines undigested. These undigested fibers also feed the beneficial bacteria in our gut, helping to overpower the harmful bacteria that cause disease.

An average sized apple (150-200 grams) has between 46 and 64 million cells. But most of the apple is just water and sugars: 85% water and 11% sugars. It doesn’t sound like much, but it is. So, given the choice, let’s copy the habits of the shinigami. Our health will be greatly enhanced.

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